Religion is one of those things that bring people together. Due to the sheer number of religious beliefs in the world, there is bound to be one faith or doctrine that coincides with your personal morals.
One Church in particular has taken the phrase “baring one’s soul” literally.
The White Tail Chapel in Virginia is a church for the liberated. The controversial church asks its parishioners to “come as they are, exactly as God made them.”
Taken literally, this means that churchgoers attend mass in their birthday suits – i.e. completely naked.
White Tail Chapel’s pastor, Allen Parker, thought that dress codes for other churches “were overly pretentious.” He decided to allow his devotees to hear mass in the nude. According to the preacher, it was a way of accepting one’s self.
“There’s not a feeling that you have to be better than one another, physically. We’re humans, we have scars, and we have what we have. It’s learning to love and accept that.”
In addition, he mentioned that Jesus was born, crucified and came back to life undressed. The pastor explained that there was nothing wrong with their practice because it was the way God created his children.
During winter, many choose to wear clothing in order to protect from the freezing cold. However, year-round, most White Tail Chapel parishioners wear nothing at all.
The church is located in the White Tail Resort in Ivor, Virginia. The resort itself is a nudist community.
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